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Rios-Caledonia Adobe Historical Site

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Built in 1835 by local Indians, the Rios-Caledonia Adobe was initially part of the Mission San Miguel de Archangel. Over the years, the property changed hands many times. In 1868 George Butchard operated a stagecoach stop, tavern, and inn, naming the adobe Caledonia. It is said that Jesse James and his gang once stopped at the inn. The Southern Pacific railroad line reached San Miguel in 1886 and the adobe became a residence again, as well as a school, post office, dressmaking shop and mattress and upholstery shop. In 1895 the Fred Telford family lived in the adobe and operated a dairy farm on the property. During the early 1900s, owner Charles Dorries built the outer walls and and added a garden court planted with cacti and shrubs. By 1915 the stagecoach road became Highway 101 and in 1964 the adobe became part of San Luis Obispo County Parks. Visit and learn about life in the early pioneer days. The Adobe is open Friday through Sunday, and is free to enter.

700 Mission Street
San Miguel, CA
(805) 467-3357


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